23 September 2016

In Our Backyard

We have been learning about our five senses and how they help us learn about the world around us.  In addition to our five senses we have been reading about and exploring things we can see in our backyard, the park, the canyon and the mountains.  We read the book Right Outside My Window by Mary Ann Hoberman and then went outside to observe all the things we could see outside.

After we looked at the grass, trees, flowers, mountains, birds, sky and sun we illustrated and labeled some of the things we observed.  We also put this information on class and individual five senses charts.  Our students are already beginning to show their knowledge of how print carries meaning as well as some beginning phonics as students were encouraged to write at least a beginning sound to match their illustration.

We created a graph by sharing our opinion and answering the question, "Would you hold you a bug in your hand?"  Students learned about real graphs and picture graphs and then recorded the information we gathered on a recording sheet with a bar graph.  This graphing activity helped us practice sorting, counting with one to one correspondence, determining more/less/equal, and recognizing numerals.

Continue working on identifying capital and lower case letters, all letter sounds, retelling a story, rhyming words, listening for beginning sounds, number identification 0-5 and counting 0-20.  Review with your child spatial relation words such as above/below, near/far, top/middle/bottom, and in/out.

Reminder:  We will be going on our first field trip to Bicentennial Park in Provo on Tuesday, September 27th.

20 September 2016

Reading


In focusing on the importance of reading we have had discussions about what readers do and why we read.  We made a list of "reading behaviors" such as sharing a favorite book with a friend, looking at the pictures and words, talking about books after reading and expressing an opinion about the book and reading books to get information and learn things.   Our class made charts about where we read, when we read, who we read with and why we read.  Students are coming to understand the importance of reading and how it can have a positive impact on their lives.  They have already learned how much their teachers our librarian, and our principal LOVE reading all kinds of books.  Continue to be an example at home and point out to your child all the times you read and the different types of print materials you read.

17 September 2016

Reminder for PM Students

Reminder for all PM kindergarten students:
This Monday, September 19th there will be NO PM kindergarten held due to district meetings that afternoon.  Please do not send your child to school that day.  AM students will have their regular class on that day and be dismissed at 11:15 am.  Thank you.

16 September 2016

Teddy Bear Picnic And Our Five Senses

This week we were able to bring our teddy bear or favorite stuffed friend to school and enjoy the day together.  Each class celebrated by reading the story "Teddy Bear's Picnic" and listening to the song while looking at pictures in the book.  We were able to sort our bears in a variety of ways and talk about more/less in the groups we created.  Students were able to help create a venn diagram finding things that are the same/different about real and teddy bears.  We shared bear snacks, fish (crackers), honey (honeycomb cereal), berries (raisins), and river water (blue punch).  It was a fun day!

We have been learning about our five senses and how they help us learn about the world around us.  Ask your child to tell you his/her five senses.  Students also learned that different things are made up of parts such as our bodies.  Each of our senses is associated with a specific part of our body.  As you spend time with your child talk about the five senses and discuss how we use our five senses all the time to help us learn!

14 September 2016

Fictional Bears

This week we focused more on fictional bears, especially Goldilocks And The Three Bears.  We compared fact and fiction books and talked about how story books need to be read from the beginning to the end for the story to make sense.  We focused on stating the beginning, middle, and end of the various bear stories we read.  The vocabulary words "characters", "setting", "problem" and "solution" were introduced to the students.

We read several versions of the story of Goldilocks And The Three Bears throughout the week.  Students had the opportunity to practice retelling the story with partners at school.  Look for a bag coming home with the three bears characters in it.  Ask your child to retell the story to you in the correct order and then restate the beginning, middle, end.

Students had fun playing several math games with bear counters to practice identification of numbers 0-5 and counting with one to one correspondence.  Learning spatial relations (position words) is one of our core skills to pass off this month.  We practiced basic position words such as above/below, near/far, on/off, over/under, up/down, in/out, beside or next to and in between with a teddy bear.  Please work on using these words at home with your child.

10 September 2016

School Carnival

Please join us on the evening of Monday, September 12th from 5:00-8:00 pm for food, games, rides and fun!  This fundraiser will help contribute to the budget for the PTA to assist in making our school even better.  Please support your child's school by enjoying the school carnival.



09 September 2016

Bear Facts

This week we continued working on learning school and classroom procedures.  Students are doing a fantastic job of learning what to do each day in kindergarten.  We are also practicing our Bear's school motto:
Being Responsible
Ever Respectbful
Always Kind
Really Hard Working
Super Friendly

We are reading and learning about black bears and the Sierra Bonita mountains.  We began our study of bears by introducing students to fact books (non-fiction books) to assist in learning true facts about black bears.  After reading several fact books students helped generate a list of bear facts.  Then they each chose their favorite bear fact and illustrated it.

This week we have been focusing on learning or reviewing a letter sound each day.  As well as identifying words that begin with that sounds.  We have also been working on discriminating between sounds at the beginning of words.   Have your child identify if two words you say begin with the same sound or different sounds. Don't forget to have your child practice a home or cell phone number.